S.S. Gingerbread-mous

Colton Davies

It’s the ship of dreams, among those made with holiday baking materials.

Earlier this week, a couple in Penticton put the finishing touches on a replica ship of the S.S. Sicamous — made out of gingerbread.

"Lots of gingerbread. We have a little bit of styrofoam on the inside to hold some pieces together," co-creator Nettie Steuernagel said.

"The tops, all the decks are cardboard, just because we kind of ran out of gingerbread. And the rest is candy and icing."

Nettie’s husband, Herman, said they likely spent more than $300 dollars for the materials of their ship, and said there were many meticulous hours put into the creation amongst their family.

"Including (Nettie's) brother Bill and sister-in-law Corinne who also helped out, I'd say we probably put a good 30-plus hours into it."

And it was made from scratch with only visuals of the S.S. Sicamous, no step-by-step guide. 

Some photos have been shared by the family online, as well as with the S.S. Sicamous staff and others.

"People are pretty amazed. I know I was asked if I was a professional baker, and I'm not. We're just a creative family."

It’s not the first gingerbread giant the couple has built. They worked up a gingerbread Eiffel Tower a couple years ago.

"That was a lot of fun, turned out really well... We had wanted to do another one," Nettie said, following a move by her and Herman to Penticton from Alberta.

Nettie added their family could take on more gingerbread structures in the future, depending on how the cookie crumbles.

"I think there's already plans. I know at one point we were talking about maybe tackling the coliseum... We'll see."

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